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MA History of Art (Medieval Art and Medievalisms)

MA History of Art (Medieval Art and Medievalisms)

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Medieval Art Art History

Course type


Course Summary

Medieval culture is an open chapter, it has been constantly rethought and reinterpreted in subsequent epochs.

You'll explore the extraordinarily rich material legacy of the period, including the shaping of urban structures, places of worship, sites of government, and universities. You'll be able to study in one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe.

Our flexible course enables you to learn about art geographically across much of Europe and the Islamic world, and particularly the material culture of the British Isles. You can investigate a wide variety of art objects and their related visual practices, take modules from related disciplines, as well as a module that is jointly taught in collaboration with our partners (eg the Tate or the V&A).

We have developed successful partnerships with museums, churches and galleries which will enrich your medieval studies and may offer you placement opportunities and privileged access to collections of medieval art.

Course content

You play an active role in building your degree, developing a heightened methodological awareness, and designing research projects. You'll forge a more sophisticated understanding of how artworks create meaning, and why some artworks have been deemed culturally more significant than others.

The course enables you to develop advanced communication skills and effective project management. You'll acquire a high level of expertise in visual analysis and art historical research through object-focused study and an intensively researched MA dissertation.

You can develop your interdisciplinary interests by taking modules with the Centre for Medieval Studies, or in related disciplines such as history, literature, archaeology, philosophy, sociology and others. Due to the impact of the medieval on subsequent eras you'll also study medieval revivals and be taught by specialists in later time periods which will encourage transhistorical work.

Our expert academic staff support you every step of the way through small-group teaching, individual tutorials and field trips. You'll benefit from our specialist knowledge covering the late Roman Empire to the Renaissance and Reformation.

At least two of your option modules, your research skills module and your dissertation must be completed on Medieval Art and Medievalisms. You can either specialise entirely in this area, or select up to two option modules from other fields.

Careers and skills

Our collaborations will support your learning and research through modules jointly designed with the partnership institution, and with opportunities for exclusive partnership studentships, work experience and privileged access to collections. The course prepares you for higher research degrees and a range of possible careers. Read about some of our alumni and where their degree has taken them.

Different course options

Full time | University of York | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module aims: To provide guidance regarding expectations for MA work and advanced scholarly research specialising in Medieval Art and Medievalisms; To help students make the transition from undergraduate to MA and (potentially) PhD work; To familiarize students with principal archival, bibliographic and art-historical resources for Medieval Art and Medievalisms; To introduce a range of significant methodologies and insights from the forefront of Medieval Art and Medievalisms; To encourage students to adopt and adapt methodologies to suit their own developing intellectual interests and specialism; To demonstrate how art and architectural historical knowledge and methodology develop within a community of scholars.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent. We welcome students who have previously studied History of Art, but also those from other backgrounds. Other qualifications and experience: We will consider applications from mature students or applicants without formal academic qualifications if you have substantial related experience. We may ask you for an interview in this instance.

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